Pete, Sachin Silva takes the ini­tia­tive

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - School

The first week’s re­sult of the Dia­log 4G-the Sun­day Times Most Pop­u­lar School­boy Crick­eter of the Year 2018 con­test, which kicked off last week, comes out this week­end with some of the known names.

Hon­ours of the open­ing week of this much awaited, cov­eted com­pe­ti­tion goes to Sachin Silva of St. Peter's Col­lege, who also was an avid con­tender last sea­son. Hav­ing en­joyed a suc­cess­ful sea­son with a rea­son­able record in bat­ting and bowl­ing for the Pe­terites, Sachin comes in with new hopes this sea­son ob­tain­ing 37 votes at the kick­off.

Next to him is Dhar­maraja Col­lege crick­eter Du­laj Ban­dara, who is also a po­ten­tial player. At third and fourth are two good crick­eters from S. Thomas' Col­lege, Mt. Lavinia -Kalana Per­era and Del­lon Peiris. They are fol­lowed by Nim­naka Jay­athi­lake of St. An­thony's Col­lege Katu­gas­tota.

The Emerg­ing Schools cat­e­gory, where play­ers of Divi­sion II and III cricket play­ing schools get to come among the top, is ini­ti­ated by Pulitha Yasas Sri Sarathchan­dra of Sri Su­man­gala Col­lege Panadura. He was also in the front run last sea­son and ended up run­ner- up even­tu­ally af­ter a great bat­tle. The newly in­tro­duced Girls' Schools cat­e­gory is yet to kick off. The na­ture of the race to the top could def­i­nitely hit a peak as weeks progress with 25 more week­ends to go be­fore it comes to an in­ter­est­ing end.

Coupons which were pub­lished from Oc­to­ber 1 in the Sun­day Times and will fol­low through­out the week in the two English dailies, the Daily Mir­ror and Dai­lyFT, and the two Sin­hala dailies, Daily Lankadeepa and Ada and Sin­hala Week­end, De­shaya. Coupons will run for 26 weeks with the dead­line set for April 30, 2018. Read­ers could vote for their favourite school­boy or school­girl crick­eter and take them to the win­ning post dur­ing this pe­riod.

In ad­di­tion Dia­log Ax­i­ata's on­line vot­ing sys­tem through their of­fi­cial On­line Por­tal to vote for the Most Pop­u­lar Crick­eter (www.dia­log.lk/cricket), will come alive from Oc­to­ber 1. There will be a dif­fer­ent method to fol­low in the dig­i­tal process of vot­ing for the Most Pop­u­lar School­boy or School­girl Crick­eter.

Play­ers who have rep­re­sented their re­spec­tive school in First XI cricket and with a tally of 400 or above runs or 25 wick­ets or above in the last sea­son will be au­to­mat­i­cally el­i­gi­ble for the Dia­log 4G- the Sun­day Times Most Pop­u­lar School­boy Crick­eter of the Year 2018 com­pe­ti­tion. Schools have been cat­e­gorised un­der three cat­e­gories -- the All- Is­land, Emerg­ing and Girls schools, ac­cord­ing to the seg­men­ta­tion process of Sri Lanka School Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

All schools com­pet­ing in the on­go­ing In­terS­chool Divi­sion I tour­na­ment will be cat­e­gorised un­der the All-Is­land Schools while the re­main­ing schools, com­pet­ing un­der Divi­sion II and III cat­e­gories, will come un­der Emerg­ing Schools. The 32 girls schools will come un­der the Girls cat­e­gory. This method will be ef­fect to the se­lec­tions as well as for choos­ing the most

All-Is­land Schools

St. Peter's Col­lege .........................37 Dhar­maraja Col­lege ......................24 S. Thomas' Col­lege .......................17 S. Thomas' Col­lege .........................9 St. An­thony's Col­lege .....................8

Emerg­ing Schools

Sri Su­man­gala Panadura ...............15 Ananda Sasthralaya .......................1

1. A. Witha­rana, 50/3/1, Heenatikum­bura, Talangama North, Bat­tara­mulla, 2. Bar­ton Mather, 13A-6/2, Fus­sel's Lane, Wellawatte, 3. W.M.J. Udaya Ky­mara, 84/2, Rath­malka­duwa Road, Sin­hara­pi­tiya, Gam­pola, 4. Chanaka Ru­vinda Fer­nando, 62, Push­parama Road, Pothupi­tiya, Wad­duwa pop­u­lar school­boy crick­eter.

The dig­i­tal vot­ing mech­a­nism will have its usual pro­ce­dure as last sea­son where all play­ers must reg­is­ter on­line. Play­ers who wish to en­ter the fray will have to con­firm their par­tic­i­pa­tion by reg­is­ter­ing on­line with -- www.dia­log. lk/cricket/reg­is­ter -- from Oc­to­ber 1 to Novem­ber 30. Even school­boy crick­eters whose names are en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion by read­ers must reg­is­ter be­fore that dead­line. To val­i­date their reg­is­tra­tion play­ers should also be reg­is­tered un­der the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (SLSCA) with a valid reg­is­tra­tion num­ber. Play­ers with­out a valid reg­is­tra­tion from SLSCA will not be in­cluded in any cat­e­gory of the Most Pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion. The de­ci­sion of the Deputy Ed­i­tor - Sports of the Sun­day Times will be fi­nal.

Play­ers who reg­is­ter on­line dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber will be of­fi­cially scru­ti­nised of their el­i­gi­bil­ity and en­tered to the on­line vot­ing mech­a­nism from Novem­ber 1, while the cus­tom­ary vot­ing through coupons will be still on. From Novem­ber 1, the On­line Por­tal will be open for vot­ing while on­line reg­is­tra­tion will be still ac­cepted up to Novem­ber 30. Dur­ing the month of Novem­ber, the names of reg­is­tered play­ers will be re­leased weekly, ev­ery Wed­nes­day while the cut­off date for weekly scru­ti­n­is­ing will be the pre­vi­ous Fri­day of each week. On­line vot­ing will be open from Novem­ber 1 to April 30, 2018.

Both coupon votes and on­line votes will be counted on a weekly ba­sis and the of­fi­cial re­sults pub­lished ev­ery week be­gin­ning next Sun­day in the five news­pa­pers and its web­sites, as well as that of Dia­log Ax­i­ata's On­line Por­tal.

The dead­line for COUPONS will be ev­ery Thurs­day Noon while the weekly cut­off for ON­LINE VOTES will be ev­ery Wed­nes­day Noon. On­line Votes re­ceived af­ter the weekly cut­off time will be counted for the next week, while for Coupons, ONLY those num­bered for the par­tic­u­lar week will be taken into count.

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